GSA boys to face Orono in playoffs

Sports; gsa; boys; sumner; Beowulf; Urban; 101915; Eagles; GSA; George Stevens Academy; game; high school; school; soccer; sport; sports; team Eagles top scorer Beowulf Urban stays in control. Photo by Franklin Brown

Eagles top scorer Beowulf Urban stays in control. Photo by Franklin Brown

Blue Hill—The Eagles varsity boys soccer team, neck-and-neck with Orono through much of the season, was edged out of the fourth spot—and home field advantage—for their playoff quarterfinal game against the Red Riots on October 28.

GSA’s 9-4-1 regular season record bests Orono’s, which stands at 6-5-3, but falls behind a few points in the Heal Point tournament index. That index determines the playoff rankings and is based on what some find a complex statistical equation that awards more points for wins over higher division teams and fewer points for teams in a lower division.

Two wins against class C teams last week helped the Eagles secure their final ranking, earning them a bye in the preliminary game.

Against Sumner on Monday, GSA posted a 2-0 win, scoring both goals in the second half. Hosting Dexter on October 15, the boys slammed a 7-0 win.

Sports; gsa; boys; sumner; Walker; Ellsworth; 101915; Eagles; GSA; George Stevens Academy; game; high school; school; soccer; sport; sports; team Walker Ellsworth pushes past Sumner to control the ball. Photo by Franklin Brown

Walker Ellsworth pushes past Sumner to control the ball. Photo by Franklin Brown

The quarterfinal game against Orono will test the Eagles’ all-around game. Face to face, GSA is  1-0-1 against Orono, after squeezing a 3-2 win against the Red Riots on October 10.

If GSA can secure the quarterfinal win, they likely will face top-ranked Washington Academy in the semifinals. At 14-0, Washington Academy hasn’t lost a game this season, and crushed the Eagles 6-1 the last time they played. The two teams are 2-0 face-to-face this season.

Nick Bianco works to get the ball to the goal. Photo by Franklin Brown

Nick Bianco works to get the ball to the goal. Photo by Franklin Brown

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